Panthers Prospect Update #76: 12/4 – 12/10

Welcome to the 76th edition of the Panthers Prospect Update. Here, we’ll recap the past week of hockey (12/4 – 12/10) for Panthers prospects and players in college, juniors, international leagues, and the Springfield Thunderbirds, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Springfield Thunderbirds

Record: 10-17-1

This week: 1-2-0

  • 12/8 vs. Rochester Americans, 2-1 loss
    • Goals by: Maxime Fortunus (1)
    • 0/3 on the power play
    • 35 saves on 37 shots by Sam Montembeault
  • 12/9 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3 win
    • Goals by: Alexandre Grenier (7), Maxim Mamin (3), Jayce Hawryluk (4, 5)
    • 0/5 on the power play
    • 24 saves on 27 shots by Sam Montembeault

  • 12/10 at Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-3 loss
    • Goals by: Henrik Haapala (3), Juho Lammikko (4), Anthony Greco (9)
    • 1/5 on the power play
    • 28 saves on 33 shots by Evan Cowley



Adam Mascherin

Kitchener Rangers (OHL), Left Wing

Season stats: 32 games, 21 goals, 18 assists, 39 points

  • 12/5 vs. Windsor: 3 goals (first career OHL hat-trick)
  • 12/8 vs. Flint: 1 goal
  • 12/10 vs. Guelph: 1 goal, 2 assists
  • Currently on a 7-game goal streak
  • 3rd in the OHL in shots with 139



Aleksi Heponiemi

Swift Current Broncos (WHL), Left Wing

Season stats: 29 games, 19 goals, 52 assists, 71 points

  • 12/5 vs. Prince Albert: 1 goal, 2 assists
  • 12/10 vs. Edmonton: 2 assists
  • Leads WHL in points
  • Leads WHL in assists
  • Currently on a 21-game point streak
  • On pace for 173 points
  • Named to Finland’s preliminary roster for 2018 U20 World Junior Championship



Owen Tippett

Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Right Wing

Season stats: 14 games, 6 goals, 10 assists, 16 points

  • 12/7 vs. North Bay: 1 goal
  • 12/8 vs. Barrie: 1 assist
  • 12/10 vs. Hamilton: 1 assist, tied career-high with 11 shots
  • Averaging 5.9 shots per game



Jonathan Ang

Peterborough Petes (OHL), Center

Season stats: 31 games, 15 goals, 20 assists, 35 points

  • 12/7 vs. Sudbury: 1 goal
  • 12/8 vs. London: 1 assist
  • 12/9 vs. Sarnia: 0 points
  • Named to Canada’s preliminary roster for 2018 U20 World Junior Championship



Sebastian Repo

Tappara Tampere (Liiga), Right Wing

Season stats: 21 games, 7 goals, 7 assists, 14 points

  • 12/5 vs. Pelicans: 1 goal, 8 shots



Henrik Borgstrom

University of Denver (NCAA), Center

Season stats: 15 games, 13 goals, 10 assists, 23 points

  • 12/8 vs. Colorado College: 0 points
  • 12/9 vs. Colorado College: 1 assist



Matt Buckles

Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), Left Wing

Season stats: 3 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points

  • Assigned to ECHL from AHL on 12/6
  • 12/8 vs. Norfolk: 1 goal (first career ECHL goal), 1 assist
  • 12/9 vs. Reading: 2 assists
  • 12/10 vs. Norfolk: 1 goal (GWG)



Karch Bachman

Miami University (NCAA), Left Wing

Season stats: 18 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points

  • 12/8 vs. Western Michigan: 1 goal, 1 assist
  • 12/9 vs. Western Michigan: 1 assist
  • Set new career-high in points and goals on 12/8
  • Previous high was 2 goals, 6 points in 34 games last season as a freshman



Joe Wegwerth

University of Notre Dame (NCAA), Left Wing

Season stats: 12 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points

  • 12/8 vs. Wisconsin: 1 assist
  • 12/9 vs. Wisconsin: 0 points



Max Gildon

University of New Hampshire (NCAA), Defenseman

Season stats: 17 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points

  • 12/6 vs. Rensselaer: 1 goal, 1 assist
  • 12/9 vs. West Point: 0 points
  • 12/10 vs. Merrimack: 1 assist
  • 2nd in points for New Hampshire
  • Tied for 5th-most points among all NCAA defensemen
  • Tied for 2nd-most goals among all NCAA defensemen
  • 1st in goals, 2nd in points among freshmen defensemen



Other News

  • Linus Nassen recorded assists in back-to-back games this weekend for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He currently has the 3rd-most power play assists in the WHL among defensemen.
  • Patrick Shea recorded his 3rd goal of the season for the University of Maine on Saturday against Quinnipiac.
  • Ben Finkelstein recorded his 7th assist of the season for St. Lawrence University on Friday against Clarkson.
  • Ryan Bednard made 11 saves on 12 shots for Bowling Green University on Saturday against Alabama-Huntsville. The sophomore netminder is 4-2-4 on the season with a 1.92 goals-against average and a 0.926 save percentage. Among goaltenders that have appeared in at least 10 games this season, Bednard owns the 7th-best save percentage and the 6th-best goals-against average.
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